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Sam Mtukudzi, the Son of AFRICA’s Legendary Musician Oliver Mtukudzi’s Dies In A Car Crash

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Father & Son on tour in the U.K – Oliver Mtukudzi & Sam Mtukudzi (via NewZimbabwe)

This is so sad, sudden and totally unexpected. Sam Mtukudzi was so young, turning 22 years old on April 1st. He was a talented upcoming musician under the watchful eye of his father, Oliver Mtukudzi, legendary and prolific musician from Zimbabwe. Sam was one of the new generation musicians who connected with fans through FaceBook, so he became like fam.

According to the NewZimbabwe folks, Sam, died in a car crash in the early hours of Monday, his family confirmed:

Saxophonist Sam was the only passenger when a Tata truck driven by his sound engineer Owen Chimhare struck the rails of a bridge just before the Kuwadzana Extension off-ramp along the Harare-Norton road.

Police were called to the scene just after 1.20AM, but the two men were already dead.

The national Traffic Police spokesman Inspector Tigere Chigome told New “The accident happened at 1:20AM. The driver of the Tata pick-up Owen Chimhare and the passenger Sam Mtukudzi died on the spot after sustaining serious head injuries.

“What happened is that the vehicle veered off the road and rammed into the right side of the bridge’s rails. The vehicle did not fall off the bridge.

“We don’t know where they were coming from, or what caused the vehicle to veer-off the road. We are still investigating.”

Oliver Mtukudzi’s nephew, Tapiwa Mtukudzi, said from the UK: “It’s sadly true, we lost him.”

Sam, widely tipped for greatness, has recorded two solo albums and has his own band, the Ay Band.

The band, which has a heavy influence of jazz, performed mainly at corporate events in Zimbabwe. He regularly joins his father on foreign tours.

Sam’s death will come as a tragic blow to his father who has been nurturing his undisputed talent – convinced that his legacy is secure.

Mtukudzi, who was in South Africa when he heard the news, was said to be “totally destroyed” and travelling back to Zimbabwe on Monday.

Our thoughts & prayers go to Oliver Mtukudzi, Amai Mtukudzi and the entire Mtukudzi, Tuku Music families. Also our thoughts and prayers are with Owen Chimhare’s family.  

Rest in Peace Sam!  Rest in Peace Owen!

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  • RandomnOne

    The sheer pain. May both families find comfort


  • farai


    All around sad but tino vimba naMwari!